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Welcome to Korean Champ!

Posted by on October 13, 2010

There are a lot of sites out there that teach elementary Korean. There is also an abundance of free basic Korean classes around Seoul. But what happens when you’ve finished the highest level that your hakwon offers? What is one to do when you’ve gone as far as you can in the Korean-language educational system?

Chances are that once you’ve gotten to that point, you’ve just realized how much further you have to go. You’ve climbed atop the highest lily pad in your pond only to see the vastness of Korean unfurl before you like an ocean. What do you do now?

You can head over to Yonsei, “the Mecca of Korean-language education” (ahem), to take Level 7, if they have enough students to open it that semester. But what to do when you’re done with that?

This is exactly the dilemma I faced: After finishing Level 6 way back in 2005, I was overflowing with zeal to continue my language studies but advanced Korean is almost impossible to find.

The truth is, you may feel that you are pretty slick if you’ve persevered all the way through Level 6 in your Korean class, but your Korean vocabulary is probably still more limited than the English vocabulary of any Korean you’ll come across.

In other words: Level 6 is the beginning of your Korean education — not the end. But after Level 6, you are on your own. And that can be very discouraging.

Koreans hoping to study advanced English have an almost unlimited variety of fun and innovative methods for studying English: signing up for the American sitcoms class at the local hakwon, attending debate classes, studying advanced essay-writing. But what do we have? Tackling the next dry-as-a-wafer Korean text from the 1970s on our own?

I made this site to share study methods and free Korean-language study materials. I hope it is informative and fun for all. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Good Luck!

Thanks,
Michael

9 Responses to Welcome to Korean Champ!

  1. john

    Have you studied all of the 1800 Hanja or the 3500 Hanja? I’m debating whether learning them accelerates the learner en route to “fluency”.

    very nice site by the way.

  2. Brett P

    I just stumbled across this site today looking for language partners and read your comments on the vastness of Korean yet to conquer beyond Yonsei 6. I am in a similar conundrum and hope things here might change that.

  3. taypin mahriah johee

    i like to learn korean too…

  4. Mitsukai

    i want to learn korean language.. but i want it free.. without monthly payment. lol., i really, really want to learn korean,

  5. kat

    me tooo, i want to learn korean language.. but i want it free.. without monthly payment. lol..

  6. kalindu rathnawibhushana

    i want learn Korean language

  7. rachelle marie ledesma

    probably. i look like korean they said. i want to learn korean 1

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